of Indonesian Textiles
Green Dragon Office
Many years ago, a team was put together to create the Japanese Bamboo book shown on
this site, too. Mary Kahlenberg, the curator of the Bamboo book, chose the same team to produce “the definitive book on Indonesian textiles”. Mary owns an amazing collection of textiles that travel to other museums when not on display at her gallery: Tai Gallery/Textile Arts in
Green Dragon Office in Los Angeles designed our 408 page book with more than 375 images, a text printed in six colors on 170gsm Xenon. The book was cloth bound in Italian cloth and foil stamped with a pattern taken from one of the textiles that wraps from the front covers over the spine and on to the back cover. This pattern is mimicked on the slipcase. We printed a paper wrapped slipcase, laminated it with gloss lamination and came back with a matte UV coating (that does not scuff as easily as matte lamination) over the gloss lamination. We then foil stamped the pattern over the UV.
The Actualizers recommended the distributor, DelMonico Books/ Prestel Publishing, developed the production specifications and bid out the ever-changing specs to five printers spanning North America, Europe and Asia. After awarding the project, we managed the files and bluelines, controlled the color proofing, supervised the press run, and coordinated the shipping to Germany, England and the United States.
Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles was awarded the George Wittenborn 2010 Award. This award is given for scholarship, design and production. It also won a place in the AIGA’s “50 books of 2010” book design show (out of 700 entries!).
For more information about Mary Kahlenberg, check out this great article in the Jakarta Globe written by Jennifer Jett on December 16, 2010.
The Actualizers were honored to be a part of this project and to help Mary realize her “life’s dream” through the production of this amazing publication. Mary lost her long-time battle with cancer on October 17, 2011. She will be sadly missed by the Art World and the Actualizers.